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Moor beats Hansen to win 8th Sofia International Open 2017


In a title match between two European Bowling Tour point ranking leaders, Paul Moor of England defeated Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark, 205-193, to win the 8th Sofia International Open 2017 Sunday at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Moor (right), a 17-time EBT champion who led the point ranking for three consecutive seasons (2004-06) received 7.000 Euro for the victory which doesn’t count as EBT title as the Sofia International Open is not part of the European Bowling Tour.

Hansen (left), who won the EBT point ranking in 2017, took home 5.000 Euro for second place.br>

Moor, who barely made the qualifying cut in 42nd place (cut was 44th place), had to bowl four 4-game rounds and finish in the top 4 to advance to the stepladder finals.

As the no. 2 seed, Moor sat and watched the opening match in which Georgos Stefanidis (right) of Greece topped Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 203-198.

Moor defeated Stefanidis in a one-sided match, 200-168, for the right to bowl top-seeded Hansen for the title. Hansen, who skipped the first round of the finals by virtue of finishing qualifying in the top 16, rolled four-game series of 885, 915 and 944, an average of 228.67, to earn the no. 1 seed.

Stefanidis earned 3.500 Euro and Hilferink (left) pocketed 2.500 Euro for fourth place.

The 8th Sofia International Open 2017, a popular but non-European Bowling Tour event, was held from Oct. 21-29 at bowling center Joy Station, a 20-laner in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria.

The tournament, which drew 230 players from 28 countries, 191 men and 39 women, offered total prize fund of 55.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 350 Euro for 56th place.

Qualifying of the Sofia Open ran through Saturday, Oct. 28, and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300).

Total 56 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 29, including top 44 qualifiers, top 6 from squads 1-16, top 2 from squads 17-25, and top 4 of the Desperado Squad. Top 8 qualifiers earned two byes and qualifiers 9-16 received a first-round bye.

The other 40 players advanced to the first of four 4-game rounds (rounds 1-3 starting from scratch). The field was trimmed to 36, 20, and then 10 players who determined the finalists in the last four-game round with the pinfall from Round 3 being carried forward. The top 4 after eight games bowled for the title in a traditional stepladder final.

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From left: Ramon Hilferink, Carsten Warming Hansen, Paul Moor and Georgos Stefanidis.

8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Stepladder Finals

Bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria (Oct. 21-29, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Paul Moor, England, 405 (2 games), 7.000 Euro
2. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 193 (1 game), 5.000 Euro
3. Georgos Stefanidis, Greece, 371 (2 games), 3.500 Euro
4. Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 198 (1 game), 2.500 Euro

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Stefanidis def. No. 4 Hilferink, 203-198
Second Match: No. 2 Moor def. Stefanidis, 200-168
Championship: Moor def. No. 1 Hansen, 205-193.

8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Places 5-56 (Cashers)

5. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2.000 Euro
6. Jari Ratia, Finland, 1.700 Euro
7. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 1.400 Euro
8. Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
9. Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 1.000 Euro
10. Brandon Roberts, England, 1.000 Euro
11. Matt Chamberlain, England, 700 Euro
12. Kevin Karlsson, Sweden, 700 Euro
13. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 700 Euro
14. Natasja Ailes, England, 700 Euro
15. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 700 Euro
16. Alexandru Arbanas, Romania, 700 Euro
17. Samantha Hannan, England, 700 Euro
18. Gheorghe Nicolae, Romania, 700 Euro
19. Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 700 Euro
20. Karsten Aust, Germany, 700 Euro
21. Maxim Okorokov, Russia, 500 Euro
22. Alexey Parshukov, Russia, 500 Euro
23. Oliver Morig, Germany, 500 Euro
24. Vladyslav Ialovega, Ukraine, 500 Euro
25. Matthew Clayton, England, 500 Euro
26. Ghislaine Stigter van der Tol, Netherlands, 500 Euro
27. Mehmet Kaya, Turkey, 500 Euro
28. Alexander Vasekin, Russia, 500 Euro
29. Vasilis Stefopoulos, Greece, 500 Euro
30. Elliot Crosby, England, 500 Euro
31. Sam Rose, England, 500 Euro
32. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania, 500 Euro
33. Roman Ilyin, Ukraine, 500 Euro
34. Cristian Calagiu, Romania, 500 Euro
35. Hristo Georgiev, Bulgaria, 500 Euro
36. Victor Dumitrascu, Romania, 500 Euro
37. Friman Judith, Sweden, 350 Euro
38. Frederik Øhrgaard, Denmark, 350 Euro
39. Hadley Morgan, England, 350 Euro
40. Peter Stevenson, England, 350 Euro
41. Ian Robinson, Sweden, 350 Euro
42. Kevin Brockman, England, 350 Euro
43. Georgi Dimov, Bulgaria, 350 Euro
44. Bogdan Obada, Romania, 350 Euro
45. Sidney Schroschk, Germany, 350 Euro
46. Jo Allsebrook, England, 350 Euro
47. Omer Nechushtan, Israel, 350 Euro
48. Kaaron Salomaa, Finland, 350 Euro
49. Daiji Yuzuriha, Peru, 350 Euro
50. Henrik Jensen, Denmark, 350 Euro
51. Cherise Moor, England, 350 Euro
52. Sophie Thompson, England, 350 Euro
53. Emil Strömberg, Finland, 350 Euro
54. Shinji Yuzuriha, Peru, 350 Euro
55. Victor Popa, Romania, 350 Euro
56. Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 350 Euro

8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Round Four Results

Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.


8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Round Threee Results

Top 10 advance to the fourth round.

8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Round Two Results

Top 12 advance to the third round.

8th Sofia International Open 2017 – Round One Results

Top 20 advance to the second round.

Herbert Bickel

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